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Vacancy Notice No: HQ/13/FWC/TA5
Title: Technical Officer
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  1 year
Date: 11 January 2013
Application Deadline: 1 February 2013 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland
Organization unit: HQ/FWC Family, Women's and Children's Health (HQ/FWC) /
HQ/IVB - Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals (HQ/IVB)
EPI- Expanded Programme on Immunization
The mission of the Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicials (IVB) is to work towards a world in which all people at risk are protected against vaccine preventable diseases, through work in three major areas: accelerating innovation, ensuring quality and safety, and maximizing access and linking with other programmes. The objective of the Expanded Programme on Immunization Team (EPI) is to maximize access to high quality immunization services, strengthen surveillance systems, and establish links to other interventions. This is done through: developing policies, strategies and tools and providing standardized resource materials and expertise in relation to immunization activities, surveillance and control of vaccine preventable diseases and links to other interventions; gathering, analyzing and disseminating evidence and information to guide policies and strategies to monitoring progress and impact, and to communicate the value of immunization, providing global oversight of demand of vaccines, supplies and equipment; and establishing and participating in global partnerships to support national programmes.
Description of duties:
Guidance: Work under the supervision of the Immunization Strategic Information Group Manager to coordinate activities between the EPI team, other IVB teams, the Quality, Safety and Standards (QSS) team in Health Systems and Services (HSS)/, regional offices and partners.
Decision-making: The incumbent is required to exercise a high degree of professional judgment in
implementing approved activities. The incumbent is expected to interpret and apply available guidelines to develop and establish the technical proposals for programme development. The incumbent is expected to work independently on technical aspects, with general guidance on policy matters given by the Immunization Strategic Information Group Manager and EPI Coordinator.
Contacts: Other EPI team members, IVB Director's Office, and the Initiative for Vaccine Research (IVR) team within IVB Department and other departments in the Family, Women and Children Health (FWC), Health Systems and Innovation (HIS), Health Security and Environment (HSE) Clusters: for information sharing, coordination and development of joint activities in the area of information systems and monitoring for immunization programmes.
Clusters: Regulatory issues, strategic planning, information sharing, coordination and development of joint activities in the area of, decision-making, implementation, surveillance and monitoring for vaccine introduction. Partners in expanding the vaccination delivery platform, vaccine introduction, vaccine initiatives.

Assigned Duties:
Convene a group of core stakeholders to coordinate efforts and to develop guidance for immunization information systems. In close collaboration with core stakeholders, develop a strategy and long-term vision for in-country information systems, and define WHO's role in strengthening these. Liaise within WHO (HQ and regions) and with other partners working in this area to build a knowledge base of current experiences and best practices. Coordinate the development of guidelines for use by national immunization programmes interested in establishing or upgrading national immunization information systems. Provide guidance to national authorities to develop computerized information systems and document experiences. Establish a repository to organize and share the knowledge gained. Contribute to the further development of methodologies and tools to assess and strengthen immunization data quality and provide technical support to regional and national activities to strengthen immunization data quality.
A Masters level university degree in computer science, business administration / engineering or health informatics.
Ability to manage relationship between different partners and to lead projects. Excellent knowledge of information systems and immunization programmes. Strong oral and written communication skills, good inter-personal skills and ability to work in a multicultural environment.

WHO Competencies:
1. Fostering integration and teamwork
2. Producing results
3. Communicating in a credible and effective way
4. Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond
At least 7 years experience in both national and international contexts, with in-country immunization programmes and/or health information systems. Experience in the development of national immunization information management systems.
Excellent knowledge of English and French required. Knowledge of another WHO official language is an asset.
Additional Information:
A written test may be used for screening purposes. Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice. This vacancy is published in English only. Priority will be given to internal candidates.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
$ 67483 at single rate
$ 72467 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 103.3 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

A written test and interviews may be used as a form of screening

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